Cybiko Shows New Wireless Gaming Feature in First Handheld Wireless Entertainment and Communication Platform.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2000
Kids Can Download Free Games And Applications,
Play Interactive Multi-Player Games, Create Their Own Games With
SDK And Post Them To Web And Chat Wirelessly With Friends
Company Offers One New Game Or Application
Free Each Day At www.cybiko.com
Interactive multi-player gaming . . . a free software developer kit (SDK) . . . wireless chat . . . free games and applications from www.cybiko.com . . . email and Internet access via a link to a PC. . . practical applications including an organizer, address book, music omposer, graphics editor and more . . . all in one revolutionary device designed especially for tweens and teens.
Cybiko, Inc., a leading developer of hand-held electronic devices for the youth market, is introducing the first-ever digital, wireless, portable entertainment and communications system. The Cybiko system (patent pending) combines interactive gaming, instant messaging email and personal information manager (PIM) capabilities in an all-in-one device.
"We are thrilled to be the first to introduce a new high tech, wireless Internet appliance platform for the youth market," stated Donald Wisniewski, President, Cybiko, Inc. "The Internet and kids themselves are changing the rules They want true interactivity, new ways to communicate, Internet access and they want mobility and connectivity. Our new Cybiko platform delivers on all counts with true wireless, interactive gaming through walls and ceilings, wireless chat for up to 999 people and the ability to take their email with them all packed in a portable, on-the-go device. And, with hundreds of free games and application downloads from www.cybiko.com, along with our commitment to provide a brand new game or application each day, this becomes one awesome product."
Available in four translucent colors, Cybiko has a full QWERTY keyboard with a stylus stored in the top of the unit to compose messages, LCD display, 1 MB memory (expandable to 16MB), a high frequency transmitter and Vibration Alert feature. The unit measures 5.7 x 2.8-inches and weighs under four ounces making it light, thin and small enough to carry in a book bag, purse or shirt pocket.
Interactive Multi-Player Gaming
With Cybiko, tweens and teens have an answer to their gaming needs. Capable of total interactive multi-player gaming, Cybiko's Lost In Labyrinth and CyLandia are just two of the exciting games that are available. Cybiko offers free game downloads from www.cybiko.com. Hundreds of games will be available by mid-year and more will be added each day. The games can be played individually or wirelessly with other multiple players within range. And with the SDK, players can become game developers themselves. They will be able to design their very own games and post them to the Web site for others to download - or even wirelessly transmit the newly designed game to a friend's device.
Lost In Labyrinth - In this virtual game, players quest to find the "spiral of knowledge," an icon hidden within the world of Labyrinth, and take it to the surface to win. Play against the device or interactively against multiple players. As additional gamers join, the mazes change and expand to create different variations each time the game is played.
CyLandia - In this interactive game, players raise Cy-B, their very own virtual pet. Cy-B eats, sleeps, works, plays and has many other real life experiences. At age 17, he or she can get a job, start a business, buy stock in a company, buy and sell goods and even teleport to a friend's device. If love is in the air, Cy-B can get married at age 21 and have a Cy-Baby!
Peer-To-Peer Messaging/Wireless Chat/Free Email
Hey, check out Friend Finder, it says, Mark's here somewhere. Let's play Lost In Labyrinth! Are you going to the party tonight? Cybiko allows kids and teens to create their very own virtual community. They can communicate instantly with one friend or hundreds of users, within a minimum radius of 150 to 300 feet, depending on the environment, and potentially much farther as multiple devices link and expand the range. And, users can set up their own CyPage, a personal profile, where they can store information about themselves and friends. Cybiko will then alert users when a friend is within range, or allow them to browse the virtual network to connect with everyone in the area. In addition, Cybiko's CyLoader software allows users to synchronize the device to their PC and send and receive emails on the Internet.
Electronic Organizer Features
In addition to state-of-the-art wireless chat and interactive gaming, Cybiko also features several useful electronic applications including a personal planner/organizer, address book, calculator, alarm clock, notepad and dictionary, as well as translator (English/Spanish), graphics editor and music composer. These and hundreds of other applications are available free at the Cybiko Web site.
Downloads And More
Not only does www.cybiko.com provide hundreds of free game and application downloads, visitors to the site will have the opportunity to participate in exciting contests and giveaway promotions. Personal and file storage pages are available and there will be an area where game developers can get the Cybiko SDK to create new games and submit them to Cybiko, Inc. for inclusion on the gaming download page. And, the CyLoader software allows users to install new applications.
Memory And MP3 Accessories
Coming soon, CyCard accessories, which will snap into the bottom of the device and expand its capacity, will be available for Cybiko. The first CyCard's scheduled for release are Memory Expansion, 1 MB for $19.99 or 2 MB for $29.99 available in June, and MP3 digital multimedia player, available in September for under $100.
Availability And Retail Price
Cybiko has a suggested retail price of $129.00 to $149.00, and comes complete with an Internet RS232 connection cable to link to a PC, two rechargeable high capacity metal nickel hydride batteries and wall re-charger. Cybiko will be distributed via www.cybiko.com and retailers nationwide.
About Cybiko, Inc.
Founded in 1999, the Chicago-based Cybiko, Inc. is a multi-national Internet appliance company dedicated to developing new and revolutionary Internet driven electronic products for the youth market. For more information on Cybiko, see the company's Web site at www.cybiko.com or call toll-free 877-4CYBIKO.